November 23, 2015 – Phoenix, AZ – The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) has named Stan Jantz as executive director effective December 1. Jantz previously served as the interim director for ECPA, leading the association through a time of transition after President/CEO Mark Kuyper was hired as executive director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG).
“We anticipate a robust future for ECPA under the leadership of Stan Jantz.” said ECPA Board Chair Dwight Baker (Baker Publishing Group). “Stan is well prepared to shape ECPA in a manner that serves our members well, and he will strengthen our professional ties to the urgent needs of the church. The importance of Christian literature cannot be overstated, and God has blessed our publishing community with this assignment.”
Jantz has worked in the Christian book industry throughout his professional life. After a successful career in Christian retail, he began writing and became the bestselling co-author of more than 60 books. Most recently he was the publishing director for Regal Books and the interim CEO for Gospel Light Publishers.
“I am honored and excited to be in this important role,” said Jantz. “I am energized by the noble calling of Christian publishing, which is needed these days more than ever. The membership of ECPA is in a strategic position to provide books and resources for the church and the culture in greater and more effective ways. There’s no better time than now to advance the mission of ECPA and its members. The church and the world need what we have to offer.”